Core Lightweight Hoody
Core Lightweight Hoody
Core Lightweight Hoody
Core Lightweight Hoody
Core Lightweight Hoody
Core Lightweight Hoody
Core Lightweight Hoody
Core Lightweight Hoody

Core Lightweight Hoody

  • Whitetail : Elevated II
(91 Reviews)

Designed to be more than just another base layer, the Core Lightweight Hoody is the foundation that all our SITKA systems are built from. High-performance polyester construction moves moisture through periods of high aerobic activity while drying quickly during low periods spent sitting, glassing or calling.

Product ID: #10066

Sizing Guide

Jacket & Tops Sizing

Size Chest Sleeve
Small 36 - 38" 33"
Medium 39 - 41" 34"
Medium Tall 39 - 41" 36"
Large 42 - 45" 35"
Large Tall 42 - 45" 37"
X-Large 46 - 49" 36"
X-Large Tall 46 - 49" 38"
2XL 50 - 53" 37"
2XL Tall 50 - 53" 39"
3XL 54 - 57" 38"

Pant Sizing (Inches)

Size Waist Reg Tall
30 30" 31"
31 31" 31"
32 32" 31" 33"
33 33" 32" 34"
34 34" 32" 34"
35 35" 32" 34"
36 36" 33" 34.5"
37 37" 33" 34.5"
38 38" 33" 34.5"
40 40" 33"
42 42" 33"
44 44" 33"

Pant Sizing

Size Waist Reg Tall
Small 28 - 30" 31"
Medium 31 - 33" 31" 33"
Large 34 - 37" 32" 34"
X-Large 38 - 41" 32" 34"
2XL 42 - 45" 32" 34"
3XL 46 - 49" 32" 34"

Dakota Pant Sizing

Size Waist Reg Tall
30 31" 31"
32 33" 31" 33"
34 35" 32" 34"
36 37" 32" 34"
38 39" 32" 34"
40 41" 32"
42 43" 32"
44 45" 32"

Glove Sizing

Size Palm Circ Length
Medium 8 - 8.5" 7.5 - 8"
Large 9 - 9.5" 8.5 - 9"
X-Large 9.5 - 10" 9 - 9.5"
2XL 10 - 10.5" 9.5 - 10"

Gaiter Sizing

Size Calf Circ Boot Size
M/L 17.5" US 6-10"
L/XL 18.5" US 10-14"

How to Take
Your Measurements


    Bend your elbow and put your hand on your hip. Measure from the center of the back of your neck, along the shoulder and down the elbow to the wrist bone.


    Take measurement under armpits, around fullest part of chest and shoulder blades.


    Measure around where you normally wear your pants, keeping the tape measure a bit loose or putting one finger between your body and the tape measure.

  • 4. INSEAM

    In a standing position,measure from your crotch to where you want your pants to end, breaking at the top of the shoe in the front and just above the heel in the back.

  • 5. GLOVES

    With hand partially closed, measure over the knuckles, around the hand, excluding the thumb.

Fit Guide

SITKA Gear engineers gear with a specific Fit and intended end use in mind. These functional designs provide the user with authentic garments for the right situation.

Fit Descriptions

We can communicate our Fit descriptions in 3 different ways. Keep in mind that each garment will allow for layering in accordance to the garments place in a system and described Fit

  • P/F
  • S/F
  • E/F

    Designed for minimal layering. Whether an early season piece or already insulated this garment fits to prevent inefficiencies in heat retention caused by dead space.


    Designed to accommodate layering for more versatility from early to late season climates.


    Designed for maximum layering in the worst conditions. Cut roomier to accommodate additional layering underneath.

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  • GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Elevated II is designed for whitetail hunters in an elevated position.

  • Weight: 6.6 oz. // Size: L

  • Body and Hood Fabric: Quick-Dry, Lightweight Comfort Stretch Knit (100% Polyester)

  • Facemask Fabric: Quick-Dry, Lightweight Stretch Mesh (88% Polyester/12% Elastane)

  • Polygiene® Odor Control Technology safely neutralizes odor caused from sweat.

  • Stretch Thumb Loops: Shed layers with ease without compromising your foundational layer.

  • Built-In Ultra Breathable Mesh Face Mask: Conceal your face on the move and increase your success rate.

  • Imported

Odor Control
Moisture Wicking
Product is Performance Fit, designed for minimal layering.



Why We Made This

We found that the majority of base layers offered zero technical features, requiring hunters to carry additional pieces of gear into the field to meet the demands of the pursuit. Our solution was to create a high-performance next-to-skin layer that includes technical features to improve concealment and utility. By optimizing breathability and moisture management and adding features not found in traditional base layers, the Core Lightweight Hoody can be used as a standalone piece in hot weather or as the foundational baselayer into any SITKA system.

Product Comments

91 Reviews
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Thomas Rorie
Reviewed On 01/12/2023

By far the best baselayer I've tried, Keeps me comfortable in everything here in South Carolina. We have a ridiculous climate and a versatile piece like the core lightweight was a great purchase for me ad probably will be for you. Would warn you that the zipper takes time to get used to it will be irritating at first but it goes away

Reviewed On 01/12/2023

Great hoodie. Can wear it as your outer layer on hot days or layer on top of it for cold days.

Ryder Love
Reviewed On 01/11/2023

Have used it on a couple of hunts so far big game changer as a base layer absolutely love it

Reviewed On 01/04/2023

Great base layer to wick away sweat or on its own if your hunting hot weather. The hood and face mask are very convenient, especially for bow hunters. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that I'm more of a wool guy when it comes to base layers. Although this shirt has antimicrobial elements, its just not as comfy as natural fiber to me and will start to smell quicker than natural fiber. However, if you were to get wet, this system dries fast and if you're totally soaked, you can get in your sleeping system and cook dry all your clothes as apposed to natural fiber material. Overall, I'd still buy it again.

Look, I'm as cheap as they come. I've tried almost every brand of hunting clothing out there and if I haven't tried it, I promise I've spent countless hours researching it. I'm the kind of person that will spend 4 hours researching a $20 product and comparing it before a purchase. I can say with absolute certainty that Sitka is the BEST clothing line on the market. Not just hunting clothes, but best overall. Their clothes are cozy, durable, and designed to keep you extremely comfortable with minimal layers and bulk. You can buy other brands and replace them every few years, or buy Sitka and your set for decades if not life. Buy once cry once!

Bottom line is this isn't clothing, its equipment. More than that, it's equipment that could quite literally save your life in the back country. Once you realize that, the price is absolutely justifiable. I trust this company so much that I will buy their stock if they go public and I'd quit my job to work for them if they have an opening. That is how much I believe in Sitka.

Reviewed On 12/14/2022

My new base layer for cooler to cold temps. The sizing chart was accurate for the body measurements selected, (L; 6’-0” tall). A functional product with well thought out features. As a comment, a slightly longer torso section would help keep the shirt tucked into the pants during over-stretched hunting situations. Otherwise this was not an issue for normal hunting movements

K. Hatcher
Reviewed On 12/10/2022

Great base layer. Breathed perfectly. Used the hood and face shield to keep out of the Idaho sun on a backcountry elk hunt. Only downside was that the material started to wear beneath the shoulder straps of my pack after a week.

Westin Wright
Reviewed On 12/05/2022

It is by far my favorite thing to wear for early-season bowhunting.

Wallace Turner
Reviewed On 12/05/2022

The perfect base layer for colder weather and the only layer needed during warmer weather. The built in facemask is a great feature. The first piece of gear you should have in your kit.

Stephen N
Reviewed On 12/05/2022

The only time I don't wear this is when I'm running my Fanatic Hoody! The built-in face mask is clutch!

Matt Price
Reviewed On 12/02/2022

Love this product.. it’s my go to base layer.

Reviewed On 11/30/2022

This piece of gear is perfect for turkey hunting or early season deer hunting in the south. Pulls moisture from your skin and drys quickly to help keep you dry and warm.

Reviewed On 11/23/2022

Super comfortable and works great. Highly recommend!

Reviewed On 11/23/2022

Love the LW hoodies, love them so much I bought another one. Understand with performance gear like Sitka you need to build a system. You are not going to hunt this hoodie from 90 degrees down to 20 degrees by itself, you need to add layers to it. I typically hunt this by itself from 90-65. After about 65 I add on my fanatic hoody and so on. I will say the LW hoodies wick moisture amazingly well, from hiking up and down CO mountains at 70 degrees with a 45 pound pack to 10 degrees and up in a tree, the LW hoodie is always on next to skin. The hood and face mask are the best part, no face paint needed and as it gets colder you would be surprised at how much warmer it keeps your face!

XXL for all my Sitka tops and jackets. I’m 6’1” 240 for reference.

Reviewed On 11/20/2022

I was skeptical after unboxing, but this instantly became my favorite every-hunt item. I have literally worn it every hunt this 2022 waterfowl season. Know before ordering that this is not a thick piece of clothing. It is very thin. It is absouletly perfect for early season. I wear this over a t-shirt and inside my waders. As it gets cooler, I will throw it under another warmer coat or sweathirt. The hood and face cover concept are the best part of this piece. The hood and the face cover both fit like they are made custom to my head and face. The hood can be worn over or under a hat. I'm 6'00"/190 pounds. Size L fits perfectly all the way around. This is a must own piece for waterfowlers.

Joshua H
Reviewed On 11/17/2022

Comfortable, nice, and good under a base layer.

Reviewed On 11/13/2022

Great piece of gear! I used this as a standalone in warmer weather and it functions as advertised. Comfortable, dries quickly and is not restrictive to movement.

Dave B
Reviewed On 11/09/2022

Does the job, probably would not perform under 20 degrees. I'd prefer wool for that. The face mask and hood are kid of annoying when you aren't using them.

Reviewed On 10/06/2022

This is the most utilized piece I own. I wear it stand alone September-October. I’ll sometimes throw a light jacket on over the top on morning sits. It’s extremely breathable but the hood and built in mask is enough to keep the bugs off direct skin contact. With a case, the chest pocket is a little bit too small for my phone. 10/10.

Reviewed On 09/20/2022

A staple in my backcountry gear. It is a light weight stretchy fabric that wicks the sweat away. At first I was nervous of the material as it appeared thin and I thought it might rip easily. I do a lot of bushwhacking through some nasty bush. Well after some hard hunts parts of my exposed skin were torn up but the fabric did not even appear to fray. I am very impressed and appreciative with the quality Sitka is putting out. I would definitely recommend this piece of gear.

William Dalton
Reviewed On 09/06/2022

The Core Lightweight Hoodie immediately became one of my favorite pieces. Early bow season for whitetails and dove, teal, geese……wow. Love this hoodie. It’s even become a go to for summer boating and fishing.

Reviewed On 06/09/2022

This is a 4-season premium technical workhorse. It is one of three shirts/designs that I spend 95%+ of my outdoor time in. Very versatile. The airy polyester knit fabric (in the 100gsm range) manages moisture very well. Fit and finish is very clean. The hood is well designed - it stays put in the wind and/or when running, and doesn't impact vision. The fabric can/does snag, but durability is acceptable given the overall performance of the piece. I'm a sample size medium across every other technical outdoor brand I own clothing from; size medium in the Core LW Hoody fits me very well. You may or may not find the face mask useful - it can aid concealment but some users may find the additional fabric around the neck to be extraneous on an otherwise cleanly minimalist piece (it's easily removable with a pair of scissors). $130 is a lot to pay for a shirt, but this is one of those 'quiver killer' pieces of gear.

Jim Ferguson
Reviewed On 06/02/2022

I highly recommend the Core Lightweight Hoody. I have used it on early season deer and multiple antelope hunts. A necessary piece of gear when the temperatures are hot.

Reviewed On 05/25/2022

This shirt is perfect in every way! I have always been a merino wool guy until hunting all 2021 in this shirt only. If I needed to get warmer, I just add layers then strip them off as it warms up. I'm 5'9" 190 crossfit build and the large fits awesome! Also its a perfect shirt for turkey hunting with the built in face mask.

Life in Camo Media, LLC
Reviewed On 05/22/2022

I already had this piece in EVII and it had become one of my favorite Go-To pieces that I wore as an outer layer in early fall, and mid-layer in late fall and winter because of the convenient built-in facemask. It is also a "no-guess" layer, whereas the fanatic hoody may be too heavy as a layer when deciding which layer to remove as the day started to warm up, I could count on the core lightweight hoody. This year, I decided on purchasing this piece in black for night-time feral hog and coyote hunting during the hot and humid south Alabama summer nights. I wore it this weekend over a HECS top and it was PERFECT!! So lightweight and comfortable and, again, the built-in facemask was perfect. I am now thinking of purchasing this piece in subalpine for the turkey season next spring. This is absolutely one of my most versatile Sitka Gear pieces.

Reviewed On 05/04/2022

Good quality and lightweight. Broad shoulder guys should order a size up. Slimmer than the competitors. I should have returned mine for a larger size.

Reviewed On 04/20/2022

Got this as a gift. One of the best gifts I have ever got. I use this hoody in every situation, early, mid and late season. From whitetail and turkey hunting in the south east to moose hunting in Alaska. Great product. The one and only con I have with it, is the chest pocket I wish the zipper was on top not the side. I have forgot to zip it when I put my turkey calls in it, and they gone.

David Teetsel
Reviewed On 03/16/2022

This works great over my base layers in early season to add a little warmth on cold mornings. Great fit and very lightweight.

Addison MacDonald
Reviewed On 02/01/2022

I got my first one second hand. I loved it so much I bought 3 more. They are the perfect everyday wear and a must have for any early season hunt. I wore this for almost 10 days on a early season elk hunt and it performed wonderfully every step of my 100 miles for the hunt.

Meg T
Reviewed On 01/29/2022

My husband and I both have this hoody & it is the best. Well worth the money. Living in Arizona, this hoody is our go to and has replaced all our other sun hoodies. From 90 degrees to keep the sun rays off us to 30 degree base layer and then when it heats up during the day this is all we need. It does snag easy, but that to be expected with such a lightweight hoody. I’m 5’6” 130 lbs and the medium is big on me mostly in the arms. I would have gotten a small if it was an option. My husband is 5’11” 175 lbs and the large fits perfect.

Hunter Lacy
Reviewed On 01/15/2022

This was my first sitka purchase and I was very pleased with it! This hoody is very comfortable and I really like the hood and built in mask. I'm 6'1 245-255lbs and a XXL fits me great. I can't speak to the durability of it yet but at first glance it feels pretty sturdy. I plan on buying a couple more!

Paul A.
Reviewed On 12/30/2021

I used to own other brands base layers, until I bought this. All I can say is wow, it is worth the money. I wear this now instead of a T-shirt while setting stands and cameras in the summer. I also wear it as my base layer on every single whitetail hunt. Great product

stephen spjut
Reviewed On 12/06/2021

Best synthetic lightweight shirt I own. I use it for everything warm weather! The face mast is great for turkey hunting and spot/stalk elk and deer.

Reviewed On 11/09/2021

I love the light weight core line. The quality is great and the solids can be worn casually or while skiing/climbing...

If you are having a tough decision about whether to get LG or XL, go with the XL. I can normally wear a LG in Sitka, but the core hoody is definitely an XL.

I'll buy every color.

Cody Burger
Reviewed On 11/01/2021

I purchased this top from Sitka prior to whitetail season here in Kansas. I have been using it for both ground and stand hunting in both a single top and as a layering piece. The garment has performed flawlessly during temps in the 80's down to the 30's and is extremely functional. It is comfortable, dries quickly, and is very lightweight which makes layering easy. The hood and facemask are very functional and eliminates carrying extra clothes around. The hood is especially convenient to keep wind off the skin. On sub 40°F temp days, I use this as a base layer so I have the hood to utilize under my hat as I hate having thick balaclavas or stocking hats over my ears. Combine it with a mid-layer and the Stratus system and I am good to go. A large fits perfect and I am 5'8", 175lbs. I'll be purchasing more of this garment in the future.

Noah G
Reviewed On 10/12/2021

Awesome shirt! Perfect for teal and October hunting here in MN. Maybe the only thing I would add would be a slit in the face mask to lose less air while calling.

Reviewed On 09/21/2021

Honestly would love to see this lightweight option in Women's. The heavyweight is great for chilly mornings but would GREATLY enjoy an option with a hood and face covering that can be worn all day long.

Reviewed On 09/07/2021

Literally the best lightweight base layer ever! Choose your camo or solid and just order it. The hood/face mask for hunting or event cold alpine hikes is amazing. I've been hiking or climbing in the Rocky Mountains for the last 15 years and I love this base layer. It's usually all you need if you're active on that movement. Just keep your shell in your bag and you're good to go!

Corre Smith
Reviewed On 08/28/2021

Great shirt, just a little over priced for what it is.

Jason Milner
Reviewed On 08/10/2021

A core piece of the system. Put it on first and the rest of the system protects you. This is essential. It doesn’t matter if it’s 95°F or 0°F, this is the first thing on and build off of it. Absolutely amazing.

Reviewed On 08/02/2021

I own three of these and primarily use them as base layer for warm weather (over 32 deg F) pheasant hunting. Hood is great in windy cold conditions or as temps drop later in the day Also use as a primary layer during warm weather archery hunting. For those wondering about fit....I'm 6'1", 200 lbs with long torso, and prefer a loose fit. 2XL is a perfect fit for me. Only improvement offer I have is adding blaze orange to the existing color choices.

Reviewed On 07/14/2021

I was always an UA / Merino guy until I tried this shirt. The ability for this shirt to dry when I sweat it out in a short amount of time kept me comfortable in hot weather and high exertion. It's also a very comfortable against the skin layer. I was worried about the feel of having a zipper next to my chest and it's not been an issue at all. They've done a great job of making it extremely comfortable even for those of us with chest hair.

Robert Thomas
Reviewed On 06/26/2021

This is my favorite piece of my system. It is so light weight and breathable it isn't even right. I'm going into my second season wearing sitka and this is my absolute go to shirt. I'm in the middle of scouting in 90-108 degree weather up in the mountains and this shirt keeps the sun off me and keeps me cool. I'm looking forward to using it this bow season as well. Hands down by far a must to start off any system.

Bryce W Lambley
Reviewed On 06/16/2021

I wore this as my base layer nearly the entire season. From 95 to 0F. I don't like face paint nor wearing much of anything on my face. But when some camo is needed, the built in mask (plus hood) of this works perfectly and does not become uncomfortable or cause issues with hat(s) or a hood I might be wearing. Probably wore it on 70 hunts last season and it shows zero wear. My favorite new piece of Sitka Gear.

Reviewed On 06/02/2021

Great for hot weather early season archery in CA. Wish they made it in more solids- would buy them all.

jeffery ingle
Reviewed On 05/25/2021

This is a great all purpose piece. Big game, turkey and early season white tail. Its extremely versatile as a stand alone piece or used for layering. The built in facemask is another great feature and is super breathable. I use it for early season whitetail and turkey in Alabama and it is exactly what i need for those hot days.

Reviewed On 04/21/2021

This is my base layer most of the season. Spring & fall turkey, teal and early season whitetail. Great athletic fit and the hood + facemask combo is fantastic.

Reviewed On 04/12/2021

Do they not offer the Core Lightweight pants to match? All I find are what look to be base layer bottoms in the Core Lightweight. They do not look like the ones he is wearing in the pics here.

Zach Miller
Reviewed On 02/14/2021

Timber (L) - 5'10/195lbs

Got this for hunt tests in the summer when its just cool enough for long sleeves but can sweat in it and not have to worry about weight being added, served exactly that purpose!

Reviewed On 01/12/2021

My go to piece for early season archery hunting. When it's hot out and all that you're doing is sweating, this is the piece to have. Works well as a base layer for late season but I prefer Merino at that time of year for a little more warms. Overall, no complaints.

Richard G
Reviewed On 12/08/2020

I wore the lightweight hoody for a full season. For the most part I enjoyed the versatility as a base layer and the ability to be worn alone. It shed moisture and heating amazingly and exactly what I expected for it. If I wore it for more than two day straight, it smelt very ripe. The material also LOVES to find Velcro, so there are spots that continue to find velcro so those spots in the fabric are extremely frayed, it’s very annoying. Other than smelling terrible and the Velcro seeking material, I love it and definitely recommend it to anyone who asks.

Joe R
Reviewed On 10/21/2020

This is my favorite piece of clothing and I use it as a base layer pretty much 90% of the time. Super lightweight, breathable, and dries very fast. Holds up to wear and tear way better than I would have thought considering how thin the material is. My only complaint is I can’t find this in medium tall size any longer. Please bring that size back! I absolutely loved that more athletic fit. I have it in subalpine in medium tall and was hoping to get this same layer in that size in black and open country. Overall I would recommend this piece of gear every time and many others of Sitka! Love your stuff!

Reviewed On 10/08/2020

Love the material. Wish the hood didn’t have to be up for the face mask to be up. Is very comfortable. Even in extremely hot climates, like a Florida swamp in the summer time! Nothing else survives that kind of heat!

Ramiro C.
Reviewed On 10/04/2020

I bought this hoody before my Idaho archery hunt. I lived in this thing everyday for 16 days straight. I only took it off at night or throughout the day to dip it in a creek and let it hang dry. it dries quick, breathes really well and the "shooter's" fit is perfect! (I'm 5ft 9in/185lbs/size L) I love the hood/mask combo for spot/stalk, I got within 10 yards of some whitetail Doe's undetected. This textile held up better than I thought especially going thru this thick north Idaho brush/deadfall trying to find Elk. you get what you pay for and I believe it's worth the money.

Josh K
Reviewed On 10/01/2020

Have worn the lightweight on many high temp hunts from Spring and Fall bear too, Archery Elk season. It functions as a great high-temp base layer. No issues what-so-ever. Came to full draw at 12 yards with my bull from this year looking directly at me. It was like he was looking through me and didn't notice me at all. Took my shot and harvested that elk. Now I just need to pick-up a few more of these so I'm not wearing the same one for 10 days.

Reviewed On 09/19/2020

Awesome shirt! I was out for 13 hrs in warm September Virginia weather this week and was sweating but was able to shoot my first deer. The. do I harvested may have smelled me, but looked right through me because of this hoody. Highly recommend this shirt with the hat, gloves, and equinox pants. After I got home I was so impressed I ordered the fanatic jacket and bibs for when it gets colder.

Reviewed On 09/09/2020

Reviewed On 08/29/2020

This should be a staple in every hunter's kit. No other base layer is as versatile and comfortable in my opinion. Get one in every pattern you need.

Larry Newton
Reviewed On 08/11/2020

If I could only keep one piece of my Sitka Gear, this would be it...I never walk into the turkey woods without it. The built-in mask is my favorite feature. If you've ever got setup first thing in the morning then realize you've forgotten your mask or have a gobbler come in on you unexpectedly and you have to search thru your vest to find your mask, you know what I'm talking about.

In today's social environment, I find it equally advantageous. I bought a couple of extra in black and wear one every time I back my truck out of the garage. They are as comfortable to wear all day long as any shirt I own and any time I need to stop for gas or run into a store, I have my mask.

Reviewed On 08/08/2020

Recently used this in the Mid Atlantic woods (85 degrees). It performed flawlessly and I did not overheat.

It provides excellent bug protection as well. I didn’t have Deet on and I didn’t get bitten once

I originally bought the Equinox hoodie, but found it too warm for early season. The core lightweight is perfect. I’m keeping the Equinox for mid season

Christian Hodges
Reviewed On 07/31/2020

I really like the lightweight hoody! I have the black, subalpine and open country. It is a great piece and versatile in so many scenarios. I would buy multiple more in solids if they come to the market.

Andrew J Denittis
Reviewed On 05/06/2020

This is easily the absolute best hot weather, high country layer out there. I usually hike in a t shirt and throw this on at my glassing point to keep the sun off me and stay cool. Its also my concealment piece when moving in on the stalk. I run hot, so I also use this as my base layer in the late season. I'll hike in just this then throw on my puffy and start glassing when at the top!

Reviewed On 02/17/2020

a crucial piece so any sitka system. i put this on for the first hunt of the season and it doesnt get put away until after the last hunt of the season. it is the first piece of clothing that comes out of my bag. the fabric is very comfortable, wicks moisture extremely well and dries out very fast. i love the face mask, but if you dont use the face mask you dont even notice it. anytime i recommend sitka gear to someone i always tell them to start with the base layers. base layers can make or break your hunt if you dont have on the right pieces that work for you.

Reviewed On 01/30/2020

I looked forward to getting this and liked everything about the design but the material snags as easy as my wifes pantyhose.

Zack Smith
Reviewed On 01/25/2020

I bought this product at the beginning of waterfowl season in October and I want to say that this product is really sweet. I bought it primarily for the hood and face mask combo because remembering face paint is lame and I don't like it.

It is perfect to wear solo during the early season or for long walks out to the blind, and always is used as my moisture-wicking base layer. The added chest pocket fits my Galaxy S10e perfectly-- it was about time someone gave a base layer a chest pocket!

The only ding I have is that this thing snags SUPER easily, so be careful walking through the cocklebur and getting it caught on Velcro. The Polygiene treatment worked OK, I found that it still smelled if I really sweat in it but it was a nice touch to stay "fresher" longer (on this note it would be pretty nice to have a merino option!)

Reviewed On 01/18/2020

Actually have two of these, one in EVII and the other in open country. I'm 5'10" and have both a large and MT and the MT is perfect. I'm a lengthy guy so sleeve length has always been an issue between M and L. The lightweight hoody is a great piece, its comfy and built in facemask is great. Wear both hoodies as baselayer when it cools down or in warmer temps to wick moister.

Scott Barber
Reviewed On 01/14/2020

This is the one piece of Sitka gear that ALWAYS goes with me. It's perfect by itself in warm/hot weather and a perfect base layer when the temperatures drop. I really like the integrated face mask and the thumb loops keep my sleeves down when layering. I'm 6'2" and 235 an the XL fits perfectly although I'm going to get a tall when these come back in stock. Overall, this is the single best piece of hunting gear I own.

Ralph Sobkowicz
Reviewed On 11/22/2019

Works great just like description says. Is one of the few Sitka items that fits true to your size.

Christopher Wagner
Reviewed On 11/04/2019

order this for spring turkey in TN from start to finish of the season, never had one issues with rips or tearing from being caught of trees and other objects. the hood has plenty of room to wear a hat and cover it and the built in face mask is a plus, it doesn't hold smell and keeps its form and stays tight agaisn't the face and has enough to cover all the way up to the eyes. i order the ascent pants along with it and it was a great match. lightweight and very breathable

Justin Hitchcock
Reviewed On 10/30/2019

Great product, love the hood and face mask. Came in really handy for quick concealment and kept the sun off my face!

Matt F
Reviewed On 10/26/2019

This is my go to next to skin layer. I can wear this as an outer layer during early season. The hood is great when you’re moving through the thick stuff, it keeps things from going down your neck. I love how deep the chest zipper goes, it works nicely for hike outs and dumping heat. The chest pocket is my go to call holder.

Only complaint is the price is high for what it is but it’s one of my favorite tops.

Reviewed On 10/03/2019

This is one of my favorite basic pieces from Sitka. I run this from my early season mule deer hunts into the late season cold weather hunts. The hood is nice and light, perfect for very slight breezes, chilly mornings, or even to keep bugs off my neck/head while glassing. I'm tall/skinny/goofy looking, but the fit is great with sleeves and torso plenty long. I like the longer neck zipper, as compared to the older model with no zipper (I have one of those, too). Easy to dump heat. Again, I love this piece and it's the baseline of most of my systems.

Matt M.
Reviewed On 09/30/2019

I wasn't sure how this would hold up. I took it our for a north Idaho archery elk hunt. Whoever has hunted that area knows that it's some of the thickest, steepest, nastiest terrain in the lower 48. For 6 straight days I took this piece through fire and back. It survived everything I threw at it. Thick, awful brush, steep climbs and descents out of creek bottoms, temps in the low 40's-upper 60's. It simply didn't matter. I was honestly shocked at the durability with how thin the material is. I had brought some merino base layers with me but found that they couldn't regulate my temperature nearly as well as this could. I used it for 5 of the 6 days we were out and I wish I had used for all 6. It's become the favorite piece in my arsenal. Can't recommend this thing enough.

Reviewed On 09/24/2019

Ordered this for an early season dove and teal hunt in Texas and it was seriously like wearing nothing and will also make for an awesome base layer under the new Dakota hoody for when winter hits! You get what you pay for and that’s no different with this awesome gear!

Reviewed On 09/18/2019

Love this hoody! Great to wear on them warm hunts and the facemask comes in handy!!

Steve Moore
Reviewed On 09/11/2019

I own two of these and am thinking about a third. Hands down my favorite piece of Sitka gear. Light and breathable. The hood is just enough for some extra camo or to slow done some bitey insects. The face mask didn’t grab me at first but after using it while hunting turkey and deer, I am sold.

Mike M
Reviewed On 12/06/2016

This is a dandy lightweight base layer- it utilizes a very light fabric which does a great job of moving moisture away from your body. The material also dries very quickly. I have similar base layers form Patagonia and Outdoor Research, but no one as far as I know offers a base layer in this light fabric with a hood (or camo!).
I utilized the hood almost every morning and evening of elk season. Hiking well before daylight in cool to cold conditions my upper was just the Core Lightweight and a windshirt- if moving didn't get me warm enough, the hood would go up. Repeat in the evening on the way out.
This is a great base layer for active hunters!

Clint Radford
Reviewed On 11/24/2016

I bought this Hoody to serve dual purposes for me so I could ditch the need for a beanie while in the back country. It definitely did that and so much more. The thumb loops are nice when layering which is a nice perk that my previous base layers didn't have. I was skeptical of the "Polygiene" odor control but after wearing the shirt for several days during the heat of early elk season I'm a believer! I now tend to gravitate towards this base layer over all others. My only mistake was in buying just one!

Clint Whiting
Reviewed On 11/03/2016

Definitely my favorite base-layer to wear. I like the fact that the hood isn't restricting but offers just enough coverage to keep the cool breeze off and also protects me from the sun on those long mid-day hikes. I usually paired this piece up with the Jetstream vest and was the perfect combination to get me through most of September here in Colorado

Justin B
Reviewed On 10/04/2016

Love this piece of gear, by far the most versatile piece of clothing I have. I actually used the light weight gear for an elk hunt early this September in Colorado. This light weight hoody was worn for 6 days straight and was perfect. The hood was great in the mornings to keep the chill of my neck then in the afternoons I would wear it as my only shirt. The only complaint and it is a minor one, is that the material snags fairly easily when bushwhacking. However since this is not what the piece is designed for it is hard to complain. I will defiantly purchase more at least 2 more.

Matt D
Reviewed On 08/28/2016

A PHENOMINAL addition for early season Western hunting! Wore mine four straight days on an August archery bear and deer hunt in Arizona.
Hood kept 'skeeters and gnats away and the thumb loops kept sleeves tight for no bowstring contact or bunched up cuffs.
If you hunt in warm climates, get this piece!!!
I just ordered another one!

Reviewed On 03/03/2016

Such a versatile piece from Sitka. The hood inserted face mask is an awesome feature. The prime whitetail rut dates here in the Midwest were fairly warm this year. I paired this hoodie with the lightweight base layer on warm hunts. I also wore it under my fanatic lite jacket on the colder hunts.

Reviewed On 12/13/2015

This is a premier warm weather hoodie. I would normally wear hot weather offshore fishing tops and hoodies until Sitka released this item. It will protect you from early season insects and on through midseason chill as a baselayer.

Rusty Shakleford
Reviewed On 11/21/2015

Great item. Nice and cool when needs to be and surprisingly warm when paired with 90% jacket. Was comfortable with just those two items in mid 30* with blowing wind...I couldn't believe it either! Wore it straight with no washing or even rinsing for 4 days and no stink at all. Hood was much better than I thought as it did a good job keeping my neck protected from the wind in the cold, and from the sun in the heat. To me, this would be the only hunting/backpacking shirt I would have if sitka would have made it with the 1/4 zip. No idea why they did not, I would have gladly pay the extra $5-$15 to make this a fully functional warm weather piece. As is, it is very good, with a zip, it would be about as close to perfect as I could imagine.

Reviewed On 11/18/2015

A great base layer as well as early season top layer. Here in Va the summer can linger into Nov with temps in upper 70s and low 80s on freakish days. This hoodie works great and provides additional concealment. Great product!

George W.
Reviewed On 10/17/2015

I have a thing for hoodies and light weight clothes. Biggest problem I have with light weight/warm weather clothing throughout the industry is it just doesn't hold up to my abuse! After a grueling track on a pig through crazy thick brush with the core hoodie and ascent pants on I thought for sure my clothes were going to be shredded. I'm not sure how it happen but there wasn't a strand out of place on any of my clothing. My mind was blown!! Moral of the story core hoodie and ascent pants = truth.

John K
Reviewed On 10/13/2015

I love this base layer. I have wore it on every hunt so far this year. The fabric breathes very well and light breezes pass right through to cool you off very quickly on hotter days. The fabric wicks moisture as good as anything ive ever seen and it dries out faster then anything ive ever used. The hood is super functional and doubles as a face mask when you forget yours at home. the hood will actually move away when you draw your bow to allow for uninterrupted locking point on your bow. Sitka has hit a home run with their new baselayers. the only con I have is that it is not that durable and the fabric will pill if any burrs or stickers come into contact. But I have never been more comfortable. I always tell people who haven't used Sitka before to just try out there baselayers and they will see a complete difference in what they are using. I have turned a lot of my friend over to Sitka and they couldn't be more happy.

Steve K.
Reviewed On 10/09/2015

Super comfortable and wicks extremely well. The new fabric for this year's Core garments is much superior to the old Core shirts and underwear. I love the hood, it easily stretches up and over a cap. The only downside to it is this: it is cut in a particular way so that the fabric almost forms a face mask, but with a little movement (like your head side to side looking for deer) that part will hang down enough that your face is exposed. You'll still need a face mask IMO.

Reviewed On 09/21/2015

Another win by Sitka. This hoody is perfect for a base layer. It has excellent wicking ability, dries out fast when it gets wet, and is very versatile. On a warm day, it's perfect for a next-to-skin layer paired with a jetstream vest. The Core Hoody is my favorite hunting shirt. I need 5 of them.

John M.
Reviewed On 08/12/2015

Air moves through the shirt well, nice fit in the shoulders and arms!!! The hood is the best feature, overlaps and goes up over a ball cap, almost eliminates the need for a face mask. Don't hesitate ordering up one size, but it is stretchy material too. Either way you are good to go!

Rob C.
Reviewed On 08/03/2015

I have always worn base layers, but have never truly put them to the test out in the field. I wore the Core L/S for an entire August day tearing down fence posts/barb wire, placing treestands and more in 85 degree weather. My body was bone dry, not a single damp spot on the garment and I felt comfortable/cool the entire day. Needless to say, the garment did its job beyond expectations and I could not recommend it more!

Reviewed On 08/01/2015

Great shirt. I like the idea of the hood, as even when it is not on my head, it still keeps the back of my neck covered. Something I was not aware of when I order the shirt was thumb loops, not cut out of the sleeve, but actual loops sewn it. If you do not like the loops, don't worry, they are pretty much unnoticeable. I ordered an XL, but usually wear a large. The shirt fits loose in the body as I wanted. I am thin at 6'2" and 180 lbs. Breathes very well in heat and is extremely light.

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